Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga (அப்பத்தாவ ஆட்டய போட்டுடாங்க) is a comedy with a difference. An elderly mother Meenakshi unloved by her son and admitted to an old-age home falls in love with another resident, an elderly gentleman Ramasamy – the couple elopes and seeks the help of their friends (octogenarians) to get married. With this one-line story, Director N. Stephen Rangaraj has given an engaging film thanks to a humorous screenplay. Veterans Kathadi Ramamurthy, Delhi Ganesh & Shanmugasundaram delight us with their expert performances. The film is available on Sony Liv, and scores a ‘Ripe’ for its novelty and an apt runtime.
Chandrahasan has played the role of Ramasamy well. I liked the character of Meenakshi played by Sheela, who remains almost silent till the climax when she speaks her heart out. Throughout the film, there were simple directorial touches that were enjoyable. Many movies have used the Naadodigal theme song (Sambo Siva Sambo) but none of them could provide as much entertainment as used in this film – imagine how much fun will be seeing four old men escorting an elderly couple into a car, being chased by their children. In youth, it is common to flirt with your friend’s lover, but the same is done by Sahnmugasundaram’s character towards Sheela, calling her by nickname ‘Meens’ and it was hilarious.
The film loses steam when the story shifts to a local police station but I will happily discount that. The film was taken more than four years ago-the hero Chandrahasan had passed away in 2017, sadly so was Shanmugasundaram – The film has managed to get released only now, probably the OTT demand provided the opportunity and I am glad it did. Overall, a good stress-buster.